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The Wind Dancer

(Wind Dancer #1)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  3,787 ratings  ·  105 reviews
A hidden killer...a conspiracy of treachery...and two people caught in the most desperate game of all...

In Renaissance Italy, intrigue is as intricate as carved cathedral doors, but none is so captivating as that surrounding the prized Wind Dancer, the lost treasure of a family--and of the man who will stop at nothing to reclaim it. Lionello Andreas is bound by his vow to
Paperback, 416 pages
Published February 28th 2006 by Bantam (first published 1991)
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Jul 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: hr, 4-stars
While my TBR pile is collecting dust, I'll continue rereading and reviewing the romance novels of my teenage years.

The first in the series, The Wind Dancer is set during the time period of the Italian Renaissance. Sadly, my knowledge of this particular time is rudimentary at best. Something I'll rectify eventually as I've always found it intriguing.

Anyway, The Wind Dancer.

A few warnings before I delve deeper into the book:
- Like Storm Winds, this book is not for the faint of heart
- Sanchia, the
This is definitely the most unique setting I've read about in a historical novel.

In 1503 Italy, Lionello Andreas is seeking to regain a treasure that was stolen from his family - the Wind Dancer - and to do it, he is on the search for a great thief. His search brings him to Florence where he makes the acquaintance of Sanchia, a slave and pickpocket who impresses Lion with her talent. He immediately buys her papers and helps her settle the children she has taken under her wing. Sanchia, grateful
The Wind Dancer (Original 90's Version)- first in a trilogy has always been a favorite of mine. It’s the setting you see. One you don’t get often in Hist-rom. The setting in this book- the settings in the entire series really- is the thing I fell in the deepest love with, because it’s what sets the books apart.

In the late 1400’s early 1500’s Italy, the power of the dukes and popes are waning and so, to keep that power, they desire one thing. The Wind Dancer.

A Pegasus made of Gold that gives the
Namera [The Literary Invertebrate]
I picked this up chiefly because I was hoping for something like The Silver Devil. It wasn't anything like that; and I should have known it, because that book is one of a kind. Still, The Wind Dancer is well-written and I quite liked Lion and Sanchia, although I didn't fall in love with them.

It had a number of tropes I secretly love, namely: the slave/master trope with its glorious dubcon; mistress trope (with the hero still married); hero madly chasing heroine; and more. Unfortunately the setti
Sep 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Legenda Dansatorului este o carte foarte bine scrisă, cu mult mister, aventuri, pericole, trădări, conspirații și o pasionantă poveste de dragoste, toate petrecute pe fundalul unei perioade fascinante din istorie, Renașterea.

Recenzia mea:
Regan Walker
Amazing Love Story...Masterfully Woven Tale!

This is the first in the wind dancer trilogy (THE WIND DANCER, STORM WINDS—and the contemporary, REAP THE WIND) and it is amazing--truly a "keeper" romance, one you'll read and re-read.

Set in early 16th century Northern Italy (1503), it tells the story of Lionello Andreas oldest son of an Italian family that has held as its most treasured possession a small golden statue of the winged horse Pegasus that, according to legend, was given to their family a
Jul 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
I have only read the second book from the series before and loved it. This book is the first one in the series. I liked the first half well enough and couldn't put it down. This all but changed in the second half.
Lion the hero is painted a possessive man with "strong appetite". That's fine. Sanchia the heroine, is portrayed as someone "unique" for her station in life, being born into servitude. Strangely when Lion was "just obsessed", I thought the book was better. After Lion started going on an
Agnieszka "Aeth" Jędrzejczyk
DNF at 25%. It's not you, book, it's me. While I love the Italian Renaissance setting (very assassin's-creed-y), the dynamic dialogues, beautiful writing and of course Lorenzo, I don't think this is the story I was looking for. I was hoping for a battle of wills among two equals, not a master/slave relationship between a 16-year-old girl, mouthy as she is, and a giant of a man who can think of nothing else but to possess her body and soul. I suposse things bet better along the way, but I'm not e ...more
Dec 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars.
I read The Wind Dancer as a precursor to Storm Winds (the second book in this series) which was the Vaginal Fantasy alt for July. I should've just skipped it, as I realized after dialoguing with some other VF readers and Felicia (who mentioned that she read the summary for this first book, and thought it looked stupid and realized that it was unnecessary to the plot of the second one, which was really chosen for its placement during the French Revolution, the theme for July). But I only made tha ...more
Jun 15, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
This book started out with so much promise. I was completely enthralled with it from the first chapter. That lasted all of another 3-4 chapters. Sanchia started out so interesting. She was clever, insightful, and pragmatic. Then (view spoiler), and turns in to a naïve child that expects nothing bad will happen to her. Less than half way in to the book, she experiences yet another profound change in character (view spoiler) ...more
Susan (the other Susan)
Finely aged cheese! I don't know what it says about me , that I liked Iris Johensen's bodice-ripper-y early work a lot more than the Eve Duncan series... No, wait, maybe I do; it means I'm sick to death of Eve Duncan. I read Wind Dancer and a few other historical romances by this author way back in the day, so I can't comment on any specifics. I recall some interesting sex scenes, though, which sadly went missing in later series. Maybe I'd have liked Eve Duncan & Co. a lot more if there had ...more
Jane Stewart
Sep 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
Enjoyable and a worthwhile read.

This is not a typical romance novel. It has romance but it is more about political intrigue, murder and suspense. Although there is revenge, justice and a happy ending, there were too many loved ones who died which makes it too sad for me. Aside from that, it is well written with intriguing characters. There is heroism and great love. Sexual content: mild.
May 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing
After years of searching for a copy of this book, I finally got my hands on one. I could not put this book down. It was much different from Iris Johansen's other stories. I loved the time setting of the book. This was another book that I was sad to have end. I felt so much for the characters. I can't wait to read the other 2 books in the series.
Jan 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wonderful
the first romance i ever read. well it was thriller and mystery as well. sort of like the works of Sidney Sheldon, with great description, by then i was too young to understand complicated sentences and the change in narrators but the cliff hangers and excitement kept me going.
Edward Beavers
Ended better than it began.

I don't think that this is as good as I was expecting from the Eve Duncan series. it was ok.
Kathy O'Mara
Jul 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was lucky enough to stumble across Iris Johansen years ago when perusing the paperbacks at the local drug store. I can't remember which book I first read, but it was definitely a historical romance and I remember thinking I hated the title, but the description sounded good so I bought it anyway. Thank goodness I didn't let the title stop me from buying the book! I not only read that book, I quickly bought up any other Iris Johansen book I could find and read them too. I've read all of the Eve ...more
Jan 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Re-read this one for the first time in several years. I still enjoy it, and I'm not even going to apologize. You know why?
1. The cheesy melodrama is fun.
2. The chemistry is pretty intense.
3. The setting and period is unusual.
4. The take on historical figures of the time is interesting.
5. It makes me cry. Every time.

True, there are trite tropes and overly-familiar themes, as with all romance novels (or novels in general). Nevertheless, I find myself caught up in the adventure; boo-ing the villain
Aug 30, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: ebook, romance
Years ago I read Storm Winds and enjoyed it so much I immediately got other volumes of the series.

Jesus on the stick. Either I was blind back then, or reading a completely different author's novel.

The Wind Dancer is a talentless hack's impaired, loveable child. I can't put it delicately. It's a fine piece of graphomania and when I was not busy wiping down blood from my eyes, I was busy sighing disgustingly. The plot is laughable, the characters promising but lust-blinded utterly stupid. Don't
Oct 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
now i am hooked. This was such a great, easy and creative book. i was hooked after the first page.

The characters were easy to fall in love with and follow, along with the story. the author made the mental visions so easy and vivid of the surroundings and the characters actions felt so real.

i would highly recommend this author and this book.
Jun 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read

Actually the characters are compelling and you want to learn more about them. I enjoyed the book, what I did not enjoy was all the sex. There are far too many intimate scenes that were a little disgusting. They did not improve the tale.
Betty S. Holliday
Wonderfully challenging reading. Keeps you thinking,

This is one if the best, and I have enjoyed many. Her entwined history, with fiction and making the characters come to life with each gripping situation. One you want to on forever.
Jun 08, 2018 rated it it was ok
Not what I was expecting from the description. This is a romance novel with some stuff happening in the background. The most exciting stuff were summarized in 1-2 sentences. The rest was romance and sex (with dubious consent issues). Too bad because it had a great start.
Mica P.
Feb 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Sue Johnson
Jul 08, 2017 rated it did not like it
Couldn't get into this book. Not my style.
Shirley Edbrooke
Jul 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Really good cross between fiction and reality. Makes me want to go back and finish the Borgia book I put on hold last summer. Great character development.
Leia Kolet toledano
Jul 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
a nice book. I like Iris's historical novels... it feels... real. great experience.
Judith Shockley
Jun 13, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
One of worst books I've ever read - soft porn with an anemic plot and anemic, pedantic sex scenes.
Apr 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There is just something about 90's Historical Romance with its angst, intrigue and charmimg assassins.
Mary Winstead
Feb 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
Based in renaissance Italy where a man is determined to get his treasure back he lost.
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Iris Johansen is a New York Times bestselling author. She began her writing after her children left home for college. She first achieved success in the early 1980s writing category romances. In 1991, Johansen began writing suspense historical romance novels, starting with the publication of The Wind Dancer. In 1996 Johansen switched genres, turning to crime fiction, with which she has had great su ...more

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